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Images of Scotland has moved to www.photoartandtravelscotland.com. I wanted to move to a self-hosted site to make the content and formatting more dynamic. Hope you will join me over there and sign up for Email, RSS or other forms of regular updates when I add new posts, especially between July 27 and September 3 as we travel Scotland, play golf, and enjoy the community of Dornoch.

Thousands of Scots will return home to Edinburgh for the official Gathering on July 25-26, 2009.  Our two-person segment of the Ross Clan will take the road less traveled–to Tain for the Ross Clan Gathering on August 12-13, 2009.   We were enthusiastically greeted last year and are proud to be on the Tain through Time web site of 2008 Returning Rosses!  (Scan down to the 16th photo to find us.)  It’s truly amazing to see an entire church and churchyard full of headstones of just Rosses!  

The Tain Through Time museum includes the Collegiate Church of St. Duthac where hundreds of Rosses are buried.  It also commemorates the 18 pilgrimages King James IV of Scotland made to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain between 1493 and 1513.   Husband Rex posed here, surrounded by his heritage. Quite the man!

 

Rex Ross, Collegiate Church of St. Duthac

Rex Ross, Collegiate Church of St. Duthac

Other images from Tain Through Time…and the Ross Clan:

 

Collegiate Church of St. Duthac, Tain, Scotland

Collegiate Church of St. Duthac, Tain, Scotland

 

Ross cousins, Tain, Scotland

Ross cousins, Tain, Scotland

Window of Collegiate Church of St. Duthac, Tain, Scotland

Window of Collegiate Church of St. Duthac, Tain, Scotland

Dornoch Pipes & Drums   

Dornoch Pipes & Drums

1.  Every summer Saturday, local pipe and drums and highland dancers march through the square and perform in front of the grand cathedral.  The Dornoch Pipe Band is rated one of the top 5 small pipe bands in the world.  When they attend competitions, the other local band, The Sutherland Caledonian, takes over.  People enjoy their neighbors, children, dogs, and a bit of ice cream while cheering on the local talents.  

Saturday Night, Dornoch

Saturday Night, Dornoch

Storm Arising, Dornoch Beach

Storm Arising, Dornoch Beach

2.  The Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Golf links were first established here in 1616, not long after St. Andrews in 1552!  The views are stunning from every hole, the tradition rich, and the golfers delightful!

Playing Royal Dornoch

Playing Royal Dornoch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  History.  From the cathedral to the castle to the home of Donald Ross, world-famous golf course designer, to the wonderful Historylinks Museum, Dornoch has so much to discover!

Dornoch Cathedral

Dornoch Cathedral

Dornoch Castle

Dornoch Castle

 

Dornoch Street Scene

Dornoch Street Scene

4.  The beauty of the town with its juxtaposition of stone and flowers and the surrounding area–with easy access to the Northern Highlands.

Near Spinningdale

Near Spinningdale

Highland Loch II: Blustery Day

Highland Loch II: Blustery Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Our house for August in Dornoch!  On the way out of town is our rental home for the month.  

Our Dornoch Home

Our Dornoch Home

 

 

 

What do you think?  Wanta’ come along?

Traveling Scotland for five weeks last summer led to a rich collection of photographs

  • of Golf in the Kingdom (St. Andrews and Royal Dornoch),        

    St. Andrews Light

    St. Andrews Light

  • of Landscapes and Landmarks, and

    High Kirk of St. Giles, Edinburgh

    High Kirk of St. Giles, Edinburgh

  • of Scotland Close Up (including quiet moments and people).

    B & B, Isle of Skye

    B & B, Isle of Skye

WELCOME to a blog in which I will (1) reminisce about our 2008 travels and (2) invite you to join in on our 2009 Scottish travels, stories, and photographs.  

From July 26 – September 3, 2009 my husband, Rex, and I will be based in the town of Dornoch along the northeast coast of Scotland, just at the base of the Northern Highlands.  Learn more about Dornoch at http://www.visitdornoch.com/

 I invite your comments and suggestions of places, peoples, objects you’d like to see here.  I hope you enjoy the journey!

Click here to see and /or purchase these or other Sally Ross Fine Art Photographs.

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